buying a new lens..in need of alittle help

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  1. jarhead2042

    jarhead2042 TPF Noob!

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    getting ready to order me a new lens for my d3000 and have it narrowed down to 2 different lenses

    1. tamron 179d af 28-105mm f/4-5.6

    2. sigma 18-200mm f/ 3.5-6.5

    main question is what one would be better, mostly going to use the lens for wildlife, landscapes, and racing..any input would be great, since i dont want to waste my money on something that will bite the dust or just be total crap in the end


     
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    I have the Sigma 18-250 f/3.5-6.3 and love the thing for an all around walk around lens, awesome lens.
     
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    I wouldn't buy either of those lenses for what you want to shot, they are jack of all trades master of none
     
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    I disagree, for what he wants to shoot the Sigma I know for sure would be awesome, the racing would be dependent on the lighting but other than that he'd have no problems shooting wildlife and landscapes.
     
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    Nowhere near long enough for wildlife
     
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    I have photos that prove otherwise ;)
     
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    :thumbup: The largest lens I have is 300 and it doesn't get me anywhere near where I'd like to be... a 600 would be sweet if I was rich!
     
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    ^^^pics or you were shooting stuffed animals. haha jk

    But I agree with gary on this one. Sure any lens would be able to capture those images fine, if you want crisp detailed pics, you gotta get a couple of lenses. I have learned that there is not one lens out there that can do everything. If that was the case all the lens companies would be out of business.

    Good luck.

    *edit* whoops too slow. Comment is meant for PhotoXopher
     
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    Of course there's a difference between shooting little birds on a feeder in your yard compared to a moose or a bear that you don't want to get cozy with...
     
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    What do you shoot elephants :lol:
     
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    Nah, little things too :lol:

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    And birds...

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    Squirrels, rabbits, hawks, deer... even a hummingbird.
     
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    As the above posters stated above, If you go cheap on lenses that require a long focal length you will regret it later, I promise. Like 3 years ago I had the Nikkor 70-300mm, when I bought it I thought is was great. As I got better I realized that is was a piece of garbage and a waste of $500. It could never produce a sharp image ever. Lenses are something you want to spend most of your money on, since every detail of the image travels through there.
     

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